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Gender: Female Meaning of Selma: "godly helmet" Origin of Selma: German

Selma Origin and Meaning

The name Selma is a girl's name of German origin meaning "godly helmet".

After decades of playing mah-jongg with her buddies Bernice and Myrna, Selma has been given a somewhat more youthful spin via actresses Selma Blair and Salma Hayek. Popular in the early 19th century, it is still #34 in both Sweden and Norway. Selma won a Nobel Prize via Swedish author Selma Lagerlof, the first woman to win for literature.

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Pop Culture References for the name Selma

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Comments

Raincove Says:

2019-10-24T11:39:38

This makes me think of the smoking aunties from the simpsons

Stephen Malkmus Says:

2018-12-29T07:01:22

I don't think of black culture lol, I think of Selma Blair

Guest Says:

2014-11-10T17:09:22

I don't usually go for old names but this is a nice black history name. And the movie Selma is coming out soon which will naturally get a lot of Oscar buzz.